|Braylen Baker||Circleville, OH|
|Grant McGuire||Nevada, OH|
|Levi Slack||Johnstown, OH|
|Logan Irvin||Irwin, PA|
|Kenyon Collins||Ona, WV|
|Jon Wylie||Ironton, OH|
|Cade O'Leary||Wexford, PA|
|Alex Martin||Rush, KY|
|Parker McDaniels||Lewis Center, OH|
|Peyton Jackson||Catlettsburg, KY|
|Evan Levkulich||Sewickley, PA|
|Bryan McAnally||Newark, OH|
Assistant Coach/Director of Recruiting
Chicago, IL - For the 5th consecutive year, Coach Jason Slack has been selected to lead Ohio's top talent into post season play. This year, the Prospect Games is an All Star "invitation only" event will feature the top identified youth prospects from across the country participating in a 4 day state vs state competition to crown a champion. From 2015 - 2017, Slack led PBR's (Prep Baseball Report) top teams in capturing to two National Championships for ages 9 U and 10 U. In 2018, Slack transitioned over to Perfect Game and guided Team Ohio to a runner up finish. That team was led my 5 members of Slack's Ohio Elite's 12 U roster. In addition in 2018, three of Ohio Elite Slack team members were on the PBR 12 U National Championship team. This year, Ohio Elite Slack has had 5 team members selected for All Star post season opportunities. Congratulations to Coach Slack and his players.
Prospect Games Selections (left to right - Braylen Baker, Parker McDaniels, Bryan McAnally, Alex Martin & Peyton Jackson)
St Charles, Illinois - The challenging schedule that OEB Slack played during the 2019 season paid off when five team members were selected to participate in the 2019 14 and 13 U Prospect Games. The Prospect Games are an invitation only event that features the top identified prospects from across the Midwest participating in a four-day tournament in Illinois. Team Ohio selections will battle other state's "top talent" in a quest for the PG National Championship. Congratulations to Braylen Baker (14 U selection), Parker McDaniels, Bryan McAnally, Alex Martin and Peyton Jackson.
Ohio Elite Slack is looking for one Elite level 14U player to add to their roster for the 2020 season. If interested, please contact email@example.com
We are also looking for "pitchers only" for the 2020 season. PO's will pay reduced fees.
Coming off a very successful 2018 campaign, the coaches of the 2019 had a decision to make. Play 13 U and most likely have similar success that they did in 2018. Or play 14 U and stress the importance of "player development" over wins and losses. The decision was easy. Ohio Elite will play 14 U.
Playing for Ohio Elite requires an unique work ethic, dedication, discipline and grit. With players from 8 different Ohio counties and 3 different states, team commitment is a huge sacrifice for both players and families. Players are not guaranteed positions from year to year. The coaches believe "iron sharpens irons" so players can not be afraid of competition during the off season. Players are held accountable for their actions both good and bad. Great teams are formed through the lessons learned from those actions. Players can not being intimidated of the 60/90 field. They must understand a slump is not 1 hit for your last 5 at bats. In 2019, we will challenge our players vs the most competitive schedule that we can create. Ultimately, the goal for OEB continues to be get as many players as possible prepared for the high school and collegiate level.
|07/13/19||Ohio Glaciers||Ohio Valley Invitational||10 AM||Dublin, OH|
|Chicago White Sox - ACE (IL)||2:20 PM|
|BC Athletics (TN)||4:30 PM|
|07/14/19||5 Star Vols (TN)||10 AM|
|Cangelosi Black Sox Mensik (IL)||1 PM|
|07/18/19||ICH Giants||Central Ohio Limited Series 14 U||9 AM||Olentangy Liberty High School|
|07/19/19||Dayton Classics North||11:15 AM||Olentangy Liberty High School|
|Midland Mohicans||6 PM||Olentangy Liberty High School|
|07/20/19||Release Baseball||11:15 AM||Olentangy Liberty High School|
|March 24th||Cincinnati Spikes (DH Scrimmage)||Prasco Park - Mason, OH|
|April 5th - 7th||*USSSA King of Swing 14 U||Columbus, OH - Berliner||5th Place (1-2)|
|April 26th - 28th||*USSSA Championship Challenge 14 U||Columbus, OH - Berliner||Silver Bracket Champs (2-2)|
|May 3rd - 5th||*USSSA Select 30 Super NIT 14 U||Indy Sports Park - Indianapolis, IN||3rd Place (1-1)|
|May 17th - 19th||*USSSA 7 UP Capital Cup 14 U||Columbus, OH - Berliner||3rd Place (1-3)|
|May 25th - 27th||*Wayne Williams Memorial Tournament 14 U||Dublin, OH||2-1|
|June 1st - 2nd||*Ohio Valley Invitational 13 U (invitation only) - Session 1||Don Edwards Park - Newark, OH||2-2|
|June 6th||Gahanna Lions 14 U||Academy Park - Gahanna, OH||Won 12-0|
|June 10th -16th||*Travel Ball Select National 13 U Championships||Marietta, GA||2-3-1|
|June 27 - 30th||*Kings Island Baseball Invitational 14 U||Mason, OH||3-2|
|July 13th - 14th||*Ohio Valley Invitational 13 U (invitation only) - Session 2||Dublin, OH||2-3|
|July 18th - 21st||*PBR 14U Limited Series (invitation only)||Columbus, OH||1-2-1|
|Overall Record 18-21-2|
Marietta, GA - Ohio Elite started fast in Georgia with two wins but unfortunately the good guys could not finish what they started and finished 2-3-1.
Elite drew TA Crush from Georgia in Game 1. The Elite offense was only able to muster 4 runs on 7 hits. But thanks to Alex Martin, that would be plenty. Martin pitched 5 no hit innings while striking out 8. Braylen Baker pitched the final inning also allowing no hits to earn the save & complete the no hitter as Elite would win their opening game of the TBS Nationals, 4-2. Spencer Miller lead the offense with two hits.
Up next would be the hometown favorite, 6-4-3 Cougars. Elite scored in 4 of the 5 innings and led comfortably 9-5 heading to the last inning. But 6-4-3 battled back to make it 9-8 with the tying run on 1st base. But Grant McGuire was able to get a pop out to 1B Steele Meister to end the game. Baker led the offense with 3 hits while Parker McDaniels and Keegan Holmstrom provided 2 hits a piece. Holmstrom also picked up the win on the mound.
Day 3 would see OEB square off against Colorado Elite and their impressive 43-14 record. Again Elite raced out to a lead of 6-2 heading to the last half inning. But 3 walks and 4 hits later, Colorado Elite had rallied to shock the good guys 7-6. Bryan McAnally and Peyton Jackson split 4 hits for OEB.
Team KC (KS) was up next and OEB needed to regroup in order to make it to the Championship Bracket. Stop me if you have heard this before................Elite lead 7-3 heading to the final frame. But again 4 walks and 3 hits allowed KC to rally and tie the game. Elite could not score in their final at bat and the game ended in a 7-7 tie. Despite the tie, Elite advanced to the double elimination Championship Bracket as the #7 seed.
In Bracket Play, Elite would play the #10 seed, ICON Elite from Alabama. ICON raced out to a 5 -0 lead before OEB was able to plate 3 in the bottom of the 3rd. Steel Meister would only allow 1 hit over the final 4.1 innings of play. But Elite would ground into 3 double plays and drop a heart breaker 5-3. Elite outhit their opponents 8-6. McGuire chipped in with two hits including an RBI double.
Elite would fall in the Loser's Bracket and face the #1 seed who was upset in Bracket Play, EBC Martin from TN. Elite would score the game's first 5 runs, capped by Baker's second HR of the tournament, and lead 5-0 heading to the 3rd. But EBC would get 4 in both the 3rd and 4th innings and Elite's bats went silent & they would be eliminated from the event with a 8-5 lose.
Overall, OEB stacked up very well vs the deepest 13 U talent field of any tournament in the country. Elite will be back in action June 27 - 30 at the Kings Island Invitation. Following the 2-3-1 finish, Elite now holds a 12-14-1 record.
Gahanna, OH - Braylen Baker went 2 for 3 & four pitchers combined to shutout the Gahanna Lions 14 U, 12-0, in OEB's last game before they head to the TBS Nationals.
Elite did all of their scoring in the first 3 innings. Parker McDaniels and Baker both had doubles while Baker also chipped in with a triple. Baker drove in 4 of Elite's 12 runs. Ohio Elite's pitchers (Steele Meister, Jerens Sanchez, Baker and Keegan Holmstrom) combined for 8 strikeouts vs their 14 U counterparts.
Newark, OH - In their first test vs the season player teams their same age, OEB went a respectable 2-2 vs some of the nations top 13 U teams.
OEB opened play vs the #9 ranked 13 U team in the country, Team Francisco Notorious 9. The game was a back and forth contest that at one point saw the good guys trail 12-2. But with a couple of walks and errors & a few timely hits, Elite cut the deficit to 14-11. Unfortunately, OEB would get no closer and drop their opener 15-11. Owen Johnson, Braylen Baker and Parker McDaniels each had two hits for Elite.
Game 2 would be a matchup vs the Ironmen Prime, from Kentucky, who came in with a record of 12-2. Elite's offense would start fast by scoring two runs in the first and another single tally in the second to lead 3-0 heading to the top of the 3rd. Both teams went scoreless in the 3rd and the Ironmen stuck for one in the top of the fourth. Elite would respond with a 7 spot capped off by a 2 run double by Peyton Jackson. Elite would go on to victory by a score of 13-4 in 6 innings. Johnson, Baker, McDaniels and Spencer Miller would each supply two hits apiece for the victors. Baker earned the win pitching 4/.2 innings and striking out 8.
Game 3 would see Elite take on the top seed in the event, the 5 Star Vols from Tennessee who had a sensational 36-4 record in 2018. Elite pounded out 12 hits and captured a 8-5 win. Johnson, Baker and Bryan McAnally combined for six hits while McAnally added his 2nd home run of the season. Grant McGuire earned the win in relief allowing 1 run in 4 innings of work.
Elite would drop their final game of the event to the Cincy Flames and finish Session 1 of the Ohio Valley Invitational with a 2-2 record. Elite will have a tune up vs the Gahanna Lions 14 U before they return to tournament action June 10 - 16th at the Travel Baseball Select National Championships in Marietta, Georgia.
2019 Championship Challenge Champions
Columbus, OH - Ohio Elite rebounded after a slow start and went undefeated on Championship Sunday & took home the Championship Challenge Silver Crown. Additional details to come.
Columbus, OH - Ohio Elite went 1-1 in Pool Play and earned a #3 seed for Sunday's Bracket Play. But what made OEB so successful in the 2018 season, pitching and defense, did not make their way to Berliner on Sunday and Elite fell to the Mid State Heat 6-4. Elite finished the weekend with a disappointing 1-2 record.
Elite will look to redeem themselves at the Championship Challenge Tournament at Berliner in two weeks.
October 20th - Ohio Elite got a VIP experience as they attended the Scarlet vs Grey Fall Ball game. OEB players got to talk with Coach Beals, tour the "Players Only" areas, hang out in the dugouts and shag fly balls with the OSU players during the Buckeye's batting practice. Thanks to Coach Beals, his staff and players for a great experience and an outstanding Game #3 Fall Ball game. #Cya!!
USSSA Global World Series Champions
Westfield, IN - The 240 foot fences at Grand Park were no match for Ohio Elite's offense as they pounded 17 Home Runs and went a perfect 8-0 as they captured the 26 team USSSA Global World Series Championship. Elite defeated teams from six different states during their eight victories.
Elite opened Pool Play vs the Baseball Academics Midwest (Indianapolis, IN). Elite pounded out 16 hits as they rolled to a 17-2 victory in 4 innings. Owen Johnson and Tyler Flint had 3 hits apiece while Spencer Miller, Cade Sheridan and Levi Slack chipped in with two hits each. Cooper Sullivan continued his dominance on the mound striking out 5 in 2 innings of work while not allowing a hit.
Next up in Pool Play would be the Mokena Blaze from Illinois. Elite wasted no time scoring 5 runs in the 1st inning highlighted by HR's from Bryan McAnally, Grant McGuire and Cade Sheridan. Elite would get back to back HR's in the 3rd from Johnson and Miller and again cruised to a 4 inning, 13-3 win. Cade O'Leary picked up the win and was a perfect 2 for 2 at the plate.
Game #3 would see OEB take on the pride and joy of Iowa, the Cedar Rapids Reds. Elite continued its offensive assault with another 16 hit performance. Johnson and Miller both had 3 hits while McAnally, McGuire, Sheridan and Flint provided 2 hits apiece. Elite would also get HR's from Johnson, Braylen Baker, McGuire and Sheridan. McGuire would also pick up the win striking out 6 in 3 innings of work.
The final game of Pool Play would pit the good guys vs the Southern Indiana Eagles. The game was back and forth but when the smoke had settled, Elite was victorious 7-6. McGuire would homer for the 3rd time in 4 games. Miller would pick up the win in relief. Flint would pick up the save throwing just 4 pitches while recording a strikeout stranding the tying run at 3rd.
In Bracket Play, Elite would be matched up against the tournament favorite, the Kentucky Arsenal Mustangs. The Mustangs are a perennial power out of the state of Kentucky who came in the game with a 26-5 record. Despite facing a tall lefty who's fastball was hitting 73 mph, Elite was able to pound out 11 hits and secure a 11-3, 5 inning win. Sullivan picked up his second win of the tournament tossing 5 innings of 4 hit ball. Miller and Flint would HR for the victors while Baker & Parker McDaniels would both chip in with two hits.
The quarter finals would be a rematch vs the Mokena Blaze. Elite would only muster only 5 hits but two of them would be HR's by Grant McGuire. Despite the offense being slowed, Elite would head to the semi finals with a 5-3 win. O'Leary notched his second win of the Global World Series. Johnson continued to swing a hot stick collecting 2 more hits.
The GRB Rays from Wisconsin and their 40-5 record woud be waiting for OEB in the semi finals. Elite seemed to be in charge as they led 6-2 heading to the 4th inning. But five hits, 2 walks, 2 errors and a hit batter flipped the script and OEB would allow an 8 spot and trail 10-6 heading to the bottom of the 4th with only 19 minutes remaining on the time limit. Elite would answer with 3 hits, 2 walks and a reached of error which loaded the bases for Caden Sheridan with Elite trailing 10-9. On the first pitch Sheridan would see, he hammered a 235 foot fly ball to right center clearing the bases and reclaiming the lead for OEB, 12-10. Elite would add another run before the 1 hour 45 minute time limit expired. After only 4 innings of baseball, Elite was headed to the finals with a 13-10 win.
The finals would see the good guys take on a team for the state up north, the West Oakland Wings. McGuire was outstanding on the mound only allowing 3 hits in 5 innings of work. Tyler Flint would provide a 290 foot moonshot HR and McDaniels, McAnally and Baker all picked up two hits for the champs. Elite outhit their opponents 12-3. And much like the Wolverines, the Wings were no match for the youngsters from the Buckeye state as Elite would capture the USSSA Global World Series National Championship by a score of 9-1 in 5 innings.
Grant McGuire was named "Outstanding Offensive Player" of the tournaments by hitting .625 with 6 HR's. Owen Johnson was named "Tournament MVP" with .636 average to go along with 2 HR's and 6 SB's.
Congratulations to Spencer Miller, Bryan McAnally and Parker McDaniels for being selected to represent Ohio in the Prep Baseball Reports Jr Futures Games. The "invite only" event will be held the first weekend in August at Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana. The players will represent Ohio vs other top level 12 U players from their respective state in a four day event to crown a National Champion.
St Charles, Illinois.... July 19th 2018 - Ohio Elite 12 U head coach Jason Slack has been selected to led Team Ohio 12 U at the Perfect Games Jr Prospect Games July 19 - 22nd in Illinois. The invitation only event will feature the top identified prospects from across the Midwest participating in a 4 day tournament. Each of the participants will compete against other top level players will representing their respective state.
There will be an Opening Ceremony followed by a Skills Competition to kick off the event. Additionally, all statistics from each game will be uploaded to each player's profile.
Dublin, OH - Ohio Elite finished pool play with an undefeated record but could not overcome three base running mistakes in the Semi Finals and finished in 3rd Place in the most competitive tournament, from top to bottom, in the country.
Elite opened the Ohio Valley Session 2 vs their organizational rival, Ohio Elite Larison. Each team would score a single run in the first inning but the good guys would explode for 8 runs in the top of the 3rd. Larison would get two in the bottom of the 3rd and trail heading to the 4th, 9-3. OE Slack would break out the heavy lumber in the next two innings aided by HR's by Grant McGuire, Cooper Sullivan, Spencer Miller & Bryan McAnally. When the smoke settled, OE Slack would secure a 15-6 win in 5 innings. Parker McDaniels got the win helped by 17 OE Slack hits.
To round out pool play, Elite would battle Titans Baseball out of Buffalo, NY. Neither team could muster any offense and the final score ended in a tie, 3-3. Both team combined for 5 hits. Despite the tie, Elite would end pool play as the #1 seed.
In the Quarter Finals, Elite would draw the Cincinnati Baseball Club who defeated the West Virginia Gamers in the opening game of Bracket Play. CBC would score one in the first & four in the second to lead 5-0. But the Elite bats would answer by scoring nine runs in the bottom of the second. CBC would respond with three in the third but that would be as close as they would get as OEB would advance with a hard fought 10-8 win. Tyler Flint and McDaniels would pace the offense with two hits apiece. Miller got the win while Sullivan earned the save.
In the Semi Finals, Elite would jump out to a 6-4 advantage over the Ohio Nationals after 3 innings. But a 5 run fifth inning from the Nats and an OE runner thrown out at second and two at home in the final three innings spelled "doom" for the boys in blue.
Following the 3rd place finish, Elite's record now stands at 28-4-2. They will return to action June 26th - 30th in Marietta, Georgia at arguably the most competitive post season 12 U event, the Travel Ball Select National Championships.
2018 Wayne Williams Memorial Baseball Tournament Champions
Dublin OH - Ohio Elite earned their second championship of the season taking down the 21 team Wayne Williams Memorial Tournament.
Elite opened Pool Play with the Olentangy Stix Elix. OEB's offense came alive early scoring 16 runs in the first inning as they would go on to claim a 18-0 shutout in 3 innings. Tyler Flint and Cole Delaughder had two hits a piece for the victors. Braylen Baker was the winning pitcher and he would also chip in with 4 RBI's.
Game 2 of Pool Play would see OEB take on the Cangelosi Black Sox who represent the Bo Jackson Dome. Elite would pound out 12 hits and post an 8-0 win in 5 innings. Bryan McAnally led the way by going 3 for 3. Cade O'Leary gave up 1 hit while striking out 5 and walking none to get his first win of the season.
Bracket Play would see OEB square off vs a well coached Mid Ohio Bullets club. The game was back and forth early as the scrappy Bullets would lead 3-2 heading to the bottom of the 2nd. From there, Elite would outscore the Bullets 13-0 to claim a 15-3 victory in 4 innings. O'Leary and Baker both had two hits while Baker also drove in five. Cooper Sullivan earned the win in relief by pitching two shut out innings.
In the Quarter Finals, Elite would take on the home town favorite Dublin Green Sox coached by former Ohio State QB Craig Kenzel. Grant McGuire pitched 5 masterful innings allowing only 3 hits and 2 unearned runs. Elite would score 5 times in the bottom of the 5th to open a 8-2 lead heading to the last inning. Unfortunately this time for Mr. Krenzel, there would be no "Holy Buckeye" moment and Elite would dispatch of the Green Sox by a score of 8-2. Parker McDaniels was a perfect 3 for 3 at the plate and Baker once again was clutch driving in three.
The Semi Finals would be a rematch of last year's Championship Game between OEB and Ohio Elite Larison. When these two teams get together there are 3 guarantees........1. The fans will be treated to a great game of baseball. 2. The effort & intensity level by every player goes up a notch 3. Coach Larison's custom made khaki pants will be pressed and seamless like he stole them from the Nature Boy Ric Flair's closet. All three held true again. Larison raced out to a 3-0 but Elite would respond will a single tally in the bottom of the second. Elite would finally solve the Larison left hander in the 3rd as they would plate 5 runs and take a 5-3 lead. The lead would remain until the top of the 6th when Larison would score 3 to take a 6-5 lead. Spencer Miller would single sharply to left field to begin the final half inning. Miller would advance to 2B on a wild pitch. McAnally would hit a bloop single to left putting runners on 1st and 3rd. After a pitching change, McAnally would steal 2nd now putting the winning run 140 feet away. Another wild pitch would score the tying run and move McAnally to 3rd. Baker would then hammer a 2-1 pitch to LF scoring the winning run and sending OEB back to the title game for the second year in a row. Baker and McAnally each had two hits a piece for the good guys. Grant McGuire would pick up his second win of the tournament as he struck out two in 2/3 of an inning.
In the Finals, Elite would do battle with the Hilliard Colts Red who also were 5-0 during the tournament. Hilliard would get two in the top of the first to grab an early lead. However Elite would answer with 5 in the bottom half of the inning to lead 5-2 after one. Elite would tack on 5 in the 3rd and 6 in the 4th as they would go on to lasso the Colts & capture the Wayne Williams top prize in 5 innings by a score of 16-5. McDaniels picked up the win going 3 innings and allowing only 2 earned runs. McGuire led the offense with a perfect 3 for 3 day at the plate (single, double & triple) and he also picked up 3 RBI's.
Following the perfect weekend, Elite's record now stands at 25-2.
Lebanon, OH - Ohio Elite used some timely hitting, outstanding pitching and their much improved defense as they went 5-0 in Session 1 of the Ohio Valley Invitational. Day 1 saw Elite score victories of the Ohio Glaciers (14-2 record) by a score of 7-4, Cincy Flames (22-1 record) 14-6 and the Muskingum County Muckdogs (10-0 record) 8-2. Elite continued their winning ways on Sunday by beating Cincinnati Baseball Club (20-4 record) 8-3 and the Midland Seminoles (16-3 record) 8-4.
More details to come......
2018 Championship Challenge Champions
Columbus, OH (Berliner) - Ohio Elite used pitching and defense to win their first three games of the weekend. Then their traditional big bats showed up and helped lead them to a 5-0 record as they captured the Championship Challenge title.
Elite opened Pool Play with the Hilliard Panthers. Hilliard would strike first with a run in the top of the 1st inning. Elite would counter with one run in the second and six in the third as they would grind out a hard fought victory 7-1. Jake Soha picked up the win pitching three innings allowing no hits while striking out seven. Elite pitchers only game up one hit. Grant McGuire paced the offense by going 1-1 with a double & 2 RBI's.
Game 2 would see Elite square off with the Columbus Cobras. Elite could only muster 7 hits but that would be enough as again they would find a way to win by a score of 5-1. Cooper Sullivan earned the win as the young right hander pitched 2 innings allowing one hit while striking out four. Spencer Miller was 2-3 at the plate for the good guys.
After finishing Pool Play with a perfect 2-0 record and getting the #1 seed, OEB would face Steel City Select from Pittsburgh, PA. Elite's offense again would struggle as they produced only four hits. However, OEB would capitalize on two big errors by Steel City and steal a victory by a score of 7-4. McGuire picked up the win and evened his season pitching record to 1-1. Soha notched a double for the only extra base hit of the game for Elite.
In the Semi Finals, Elite's opponent would be the Springfield Giants. Finally, the Elite would flex its offensive muscle as they banged out 15 hits and advanced to the Finals with a 12-4 win in 5 innings. Elite hit a team record 6 triples, 2 by Braylen Baker. Parker McDaniels and Bryan McAnally each drove in a pair for the victors. McDaniels would also get his first win of the season allowing 2 hits in 3 innings of work.
The Championship Game would be a battle between Ohio Elite (8-1) and the West Virginia Gamers (7-1). The game featured 7 lead changes and was reminiscent of a Rocky Balboa vs Apollo Creed brawl with countless punch and counter punch action. The Gamers stuck first with one run in the top of the first inning. Elite would use three hits and two sacrifice flies to lead at the end of one inning 3-1. The Gamers would score two runs in the top of the third as they would take advantage of two outfield errors by OEB. Elite would regain the lead in the bottom of the 4th only to watch the Gamers get it back in the top of the 5th. Neither team would score in the 6th and the hundreds of spectators at Berliner Park were treated to some free baseball. In the extra inning, the Gamers used three singles to help them push across two runs and seem to have the game under control as they led 8-6 heading to the bottom of the 7th. But after Levi Slack legged out a ball hit to 3rd and a Sullivan walk, OEB was back in business. Miller would follow with double down the left field line cutting the lead to 8-7. McGuire would then pick up a RBI groundout to 2nd tying the game at 8. With Miller now on 3rd, the Gamers would intentionally walk both McDaniels and Baker setting the stage for McAnally. And with a 1-1 count, McAnally came through with a big "hit".........hit by pitch that is. The 51 mph curve ball between the shoulder blades allowed the winning run to score and give Elite their first Championship of the season with a come from behind 9-8 win.
Elite's record now sits at 9-1. They will take a week off before returning to action on May 6th when they take on Ohio Elite Brockman and the Mid Ohio Bullets in a 3 way double header.
Dayton, OH - Ohio Elite won both of their Pool Play games and secured the number #2 seed as they prepared for Bracket Play vs a loaded field of teams in the Perfect Game Super 25. Unfortunately, heavy rains forced an end of the tournament before a champion could be crowned leaving Ohio Elite wondering "what might have been".
OEB opened play vs the Ohio Nationals, the state's top 11 U team from a year ago. Elite would jump out to a 4-0 lead after one inning thanks to a 2 run home run by Parker McDaniels. After the Nationals cut the lead to 4-3, Elite would get RBI singles from newcomers Cade O'Leary and David Posey to stretch the lead to 6-3. OEB would tack on two insurance runs in the fifth inning when McDaniels would launch his second home run of the game. The Nationals would would get one run in the 6th to make the score 8-4. However, Cooper Sullivan would get a strikeout to end the game stranding runners on 2nd and 3rd to seal the victory. Bryan McAnally picked up the win on the mound. while Posey pitched two scoreless innings while striking out six.
In game 2, Elite would draw Little Caesars Baseball from Detroit, Michigan. Elite would score in every inning and coast to a 14-4 win in 4 innings. Spencer Miller would allow one earned run as he would improve his record to 2-0. Cole Delaughder led the offense with two hits including a towering 270 foot home run.
Elite improved their record to 4-1 and returns to action next weekend at Berliner Park in the Championship Challenge.
Columbus, OH (Berliner) - Although the calendars have turned to April, the Ohio Elite bats did their best March impersonation......"in like a lion, out like a lamb".
OEB started off pool play with the Jackson County Black Sox. The Sox handed OEB a 5-1 setback last season and Elite had been waiting for the rematch for almost a year. Elite's offense came out on fire scoring 13 runs in the 1st, 3 in the 2nd and 2 in the 3rd & cruised to a 18-0 victory in 3 innings. Ty Flint led the offense by going 3-3 with 4 RBI's. Cooper Sullivan was masterful on the mound allowing just one hit while striking out 5.
In Game 2, OEB took on the Ohio Dawgs. Elite would again start strong by scoring 8 runs in the 1st, 3 in the second and 16 in the 4th as they would defeat the Dawgs 27-0 in 4 innings. Braylen Baker, Grant McGuire and Jake Soha each had 3 hits a piece for the victors. Soha and Bryan McAnally both drove in 5 while McAnally, Baker (2) and Owen Johnson each hit home runs. Spencer Miller picked up the win with a no hit performance. He struck out 9 and only walked 1.
After earning the #1 seed for Bracket Play, Elite would play the #4 seed Ohio Elite Larison. Despite only giving up 3 hits and striking out 12, OEB's bat were silenced and the good guys would fall 4-0. OEB Slack also committed two errors. Miller would pick up the lone hit for the offense.
Top offensive performers for the weekend were Miller .571, Flint .556, Baker .500 and Johnson .500.
OEB will be back in action next weekend in Dayton at the Perfect Game Super 25. The tournament field features some the best 12 U teams in the Midwest (Ohio Nationals, Cincy Flames, Midland Seminoles, Ohio Glaciers & Southwest Oakland Warriors).
|03/27/18||*Triple Crown Royals (scrimmage)||Galena, OH||Won 12-0|
|04/04/18||*Licking County Outlaws (scrimmage)||Newark, OH - 5:30 PM||Rained Out|
|04/07/18 - 04/08/18||*USSSA King of Swing||Columbus, OH - Berliner||2-1 3rd Place|
|04/11/18||*Gahanna Elite (scrimmage)||Gahanna, OH - 6 PM||Won 18-5|
|04/13/18 - 04/15/18||Perfect Game Super 25||Dayton, OH||2-0|
|04/21/18 - 04/22/18||*USSSA Championship Challenge||Columbus, OH - Berliner||5-0 1st Place|
|05/02/18||Pickerington Big Katz - Belcher||Pickerington, OH||Won 19-6|
|05/06/18||Ohio Elite Brockman||Hannah Park - Gahanna, OH||Won 8-0|
|Mid Ohio Bullets||Won 17-5|
|05/09/18||Ohio Rebels||New Albany, OH||Won 20-4|
|05/12/18 - 05/13/18||*Ohio Valley Invitational - Session 1||Cincinnati, OH||Weekend Record 5-0|
|05/18/18 - 05/20/18||*USSSA 7 UP Capital Cup||Columbus, OH - Berliner||2-1 5th Place|
|05/25/18 - 05/28/18||*Wayne Williams Memorial Tournament||Dublin, OH||6-0 1st Place|
|06/08/18 - 06/10/18||USSSA Midwest Elite NIT||Canton, Michigan||1-1-1 5th Place|
|06/16/18 - 06/17/18||*Ohio Valley Invitational - Session 2||Columbus, OH||Weekend Record 2-1-1|
|06/26/18 - 06/30/18||*Travel Ball Select National Championships||Marietta, GA||Weekend Record 2-3-1|
|07/12/18 - 07/15/18||*USSSA Global World Series||Westfield, IN - Grand Park||8-0 1st Place|
We would like to thank former Ohio State Buckeye and current member of the San Diego Padres organization Jalen Washington for providing catching instruction during our practices in the month of January.
Left to Right - Parker McDaniels, Jalen Washington, Cooper Sullivan & Bryan McAnally
November 20th - Congratulations to Bryan McAnally and Parker McDaniels for being selected to participate in the Game Day All American Showcase Games. The event will take place at Ed Smith Stadium (spring training home to the Baltimore Orioles) in Sarasota, Florida. The three day event honors stand out youth baseball players throughout the United States and Canada featuring opening ceremonies, game competition, individual sport performance evaluations, a skills competition and a pro style evaluation.
Additional congratulations go out to McAnally for being selected to take part in the International Power Showcase. The Showcase will take place in Miami at Marlins Stadium and will bring together the world's best players representing 20 countries.
UPDATE November 27th- Once again, congratulations go out to McDaniels and McAnally as they led their 12 U team to the 2017 Game Day All American National Championship. Both players were named All Tournament Team. McAnally also captured the HR Derby, Hitting Skills and Overall Skills top prizes.
|09/08/2017||Ohio Cyclones||Won 7-3|
|Mid Ohio Bullets||Won 12-0|
|Marion Merchants||Won 11-0|
|09/16/2017||Pickerington Big Katz||Won 9-2|
|09/24/17||Ohio Elite Brockman||Won 9-1|
2017 Marion Fall Ball Classic Champions
Marion OH - Ohio Elite gave up 1 hit in 3 games and outscored their opponents 30 - 3 as they captured the Marion Fall Ball Championship.
Elite opened the tournament with the Ohio Cyclones. OEB got great pitching performances from both Grant McGuire (4 innings) and Braylen Baker (2 innings) as the two youngsters combined to throw a no hitter. Newcomer Owen Johnson led the offense with a 3-4 performance while driving in a pair of runs as OEB won 7-3. Tyler Flint and Cooper Sullivan also picked up two hits apiece for the good guys.
In Game 2, Elite pounded out 13 hits and won a 4 inning affair 12 - 0 vs the Mid Ohio Bullets. Bryan McAnally (3 for 3) and Baker (2 for 2) each hit HR's in the victory. Johnson and Sullivan added a pair of hits each. Flint picked up the win on the mound. He allowed one hit while striking out seven.
In the Finals, Elite would square off against the Marion Merchants. Again Elite's offense would come ready to play scoring in every inning but the 5th and cruise to an 11-0 victory. McAnally (4 innings), Sullivan (1 inning) and Spencer Miller (1 inning) would team up for another no hitter. McAnally struck out 8 and walked one & earned the win. Flint picked up two hits, Baker would add another HR while McGuire and Levi Slack both had 2 RBI's.
Congratulations to Tyler Flint on be selected to participate in the Game Day USA Baseball All Star Game this past weekend at Berliner. Flint also finished runner up in the 11 U Home Run Derby.
Prep Baseball Report's Around the Horn, HR Derby (Ray Ray Williams - standing back right) & Fastest Pitch (Jake Hanley - standing back middle) Champions. Ohio Elite's Cooper Sullivan (kneeling middle left) and Levi Slack (kneeling middle right).
Westfield IN (Grand Park) - Ohio Elite 11 U had 5 members of their squad represent Team Ohio in the Jr Futures Games at Grand Park. The team went 5-1 and finished in 3rd place. Chosen to the team were Parker McDaniels, Bryan McAnally, Grant McGuire, Cooper Sullivan and Levi Slack. McGuire, Sullivan and Slack were also members of the "Around the Horn" Championship team. The team was coached by Ohio Elite's head coach Jason Slack, Cincy Flames coach Jason Campbell & the West Virginia Gamers coach Curtis Collins.
Westfield, Indiana (Grand Park).... July 6th 2017 - Ohio Elite 11 U head coach Jason Slack has been selected to led Team Ohio 11 U in the Prep Baseball Report Jr. Futures Games August 3rd-6th in Westfield, Indiana. PBR brings together the top talent from 35 states to compete vs other top level players while representing their respective state. This invitation only event will feature the best identified prospects in a 4 day tournament at Grand Park. The Jr. Futures Games will run in conjunction with the Prep Baseball Report's Future Games. The Future Games are one of the most highly recruited events of the summer and attracts more than 100 colleges from across the country.
|04/01/17||*USSSA King of Swing||Columbus, OH - Berliner||5-0 1st Place|
|04/22/17||*USSSA Championship Challenge||Columbus, OH - Berliner||1-2 5th Place|
|05/07/17||DH vs Olentangy Ambush 12 U||Lewis Center, OH||2-0|
|05/13/17||*Tri State Championships - Session 1||Cincinnati, OH||2-3|
|05/19/17||*USSSA 7 UP Capital Cup||Columbus, OH - Berliner||5-0 1st Place|
|05/27/17||*Wayne Williams Memorial Tournament||Dublin, OH||4-2 2nd Place|
|06/10/17||*Presidential Classic 12 U||Marion, OH||3-2 1st Place|
|06/16/17||*King Mid Summer Classic||Westchester, OH||4-1 2nd Place|
|06/24/17||*Tri State Championships - Session 2||Dublin, OH||1-3|
|06/29/17||*Kings Island Baseball Invitational||Mason, OH||4-2 3rd Place|
|07/20/17||*GameDay USA National Championships||Westfield, IN - Grand Park||5-1 2nd Place|
|Overall Record - 36-16|
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Westfield, Indiana (Grand Park)- Update in progress.....
Tyler Flint vs the Springboro Panters
Mason, Ohio - Ohio Elite went 2-1 in both pool play and bracket play & finished the Kings Island Invitation in 3rd Place but scored an improbable 6 inning rally win along the way.
Elite opened the tournament vs the Springsboro Panthers. Elite's offense came out hotter than Texas chili as they scored 17 runs in the first two innings and won by a score of 17-0 in three innings. Spencer Miller and Parker McDaniels led the way with 3 hits a piece. Tyler Flint struck out four and walked none picking up the win with his finest moment of the season.......for now.
Elite would see the Cincinati Weststars in Game 2. But again the Elite bats were up to the challenge as the pounded out 17 hits en route to a 23-2 victory. Bryden Decaminada led the way with 4 hits while Levi Slack added 3 hits. McDaniels earned the win on the mound.
Game 3 would see two 2-0 teams do battle with OEB taking on the Nordonia Knights. Elite was able to muster 13 hits but they committed 3 errors and gave up fours walks which resulted to a 11-9 defeat. Grant McGuire picked up 3 hits and Flint drove in 3 runs in the loss.
In Bracket Play, OEB would face off with the thorn in their side all season, Ohio Elite Larison. And after 5 innings, the good guys were not able to solve the Larison's hurler as the one hit in their hit column would indicate. But the top of the 6th started with a 6 pitch walk thus causing Elite Larison to remove their pitcher. Grant McGuire fell behind with 2 called strikes before he laced a 0-2 pitch up the middle. Cole Delaughder then was hit by a pitch and all of sudden the momentum of the game had turned. Richardson would then walk to score a run setting the stage for Flint. After another pitching change, Flint hammered a fly ball over the right fielder's head scoring two runs to tie the game. Slack then hit a hard ground ball through the left side of the infield to give OEB the lead and Decaminada would follow with a RBI single to left which put Elite up 2. Flint, who entered the game in the first inning with Elite trailing 3-0 with two guys on, had to deal with the middle of Larison's lineup in the final frame. After the lead off batter popped up to first, Flint proceeded to strikeout the final two batters and send Elite to Championship Sunday. Flint's final line was 5.1 IP, 4 hits, 4 walks, 3 strikeouts and no runs! Decaminada chipped in with 2 hits for the winners.
On Sunday, Elite would take on top team in the state, the Ohio Nationals. Elite was unable to recover from the emotional win over Larison and came up short thus claiming the the 3rd Place prize.
Elite's record now stands at 31-15 with three first place finishes, two second place finishes and one third place finish.
Grant McGuire vs the East Tennessee Yankees
West Chester, Ohio - Ohio Elite went a perfect 3-0 in pool play and captured the top seed only to fall in the finals by a score of 8-7 to the Cincinnati Baseball Club.
Elite started pool play with the Fairfield Union Bulldogs. Elite would score 24 runs in the first four innings and coast to a 24-5 victory. Cole Delaughder, Spencer Miller and Bryan McAnally paced the offensive explosion with 3 hits a piece. McAnally would also pick up the win on the mound.
Next up for Elite would be a battle with the East Tennessee Yankees coached by former Ohio State baseball standout, Mike Kremblas. Elite got a combined one hitter from Grant McGuire and Miller & the offense again would score in every inning as OEB would win by a final score of a 10-0.
Game 3 would see OEB take on a very well coached team from Fishers Indiana, Imavex Orange Braz. Elite would trail 2-0 heading to the bottom of the 3rd but would score 10 runs over the next three innings to win a 5 inning affair, 10-2. McAnally and Levi Slack both picked up 2 hits while Cooper Sullivan got the win.
After going 3-0 and earning the top seed, Elite would next lock horns with the Cincinnati Fury. Again the Elite offense would put up double digit runs with 10 and capture their 4th consecutive game via the run rule, 10-2. Parker McDaniels, Tyler Flint, Hunter Richardson and Grant McGuire each had 2 hits for the victors.
In the Finals, Elite would face the Cincinnati Baseball Club. The game was back and forth with OEB taking a 5-4 lead to the last inning. But Elite's defense, which had been sweeter than a Mariah Carey high note, absolutely fell apart committing 4 errors in the top of the 6th allowing CBC to score 4 runs and take a 8-5 lead to the bottom of the 6th. Elite would counter with 4 straight hits to start the 6th and have runners on first and third with no outs trailing 8-6. Following a fielder's choice to cut the lead to 8-7, Elite registered consecutive infield outs ending any hopes of a comeback.
With the 2nd place finish, Elite now holds a 26-10 record.
2017 Presidential Classic 12 U Champions
Marion, OH - Ohio Elite did what many teams talk about but very few ever accomplish. They entered an age group higher than their own & captured the top prize in the Presidential Classic 12 U tournament by outscoring their opponents on Championship Sunday by a count of 43-3.
Elite struggled in both of their pool play games dropping games by scores of 11-5 and 9-6.
In Bracket Pool, Elite would draw the Orange Fusion 12 U. Elite would score 7 in the first and 15 in the second as they would defeat the Orange by a score of 22-0 in 3 innings. Tyler Flint led the offense by going 3-3 with 5 RBI's and a towering 275 foot Homerun. Bryden Decaminada was dominant on the mound allowing just 1 hit in a 33 pitch performance.
In the Semi Finals, Elite would play the top seed the Buckeye Blaze who entered the game with a 28-5 record. Elite would six runs in the first two innings off of the Blaze's ace (a youngster who was throwing 70 mph fastball). Elite would score 2 in both the 3rd and 4th innings and secure a 11-3 victory in 5 innings. Hunter Richardson was a perfect 3-3 at the plate and he also was the winning pitcher. Grant McGuire hit his first HR of the season.
In the Finals, Elite would square off vs the Olentangy Ambush Orange. Elite would turn to Parker McDaniels on the mound and he would not disappoint. McDaniels pitched a 3 hitter and the Elite bats would again flex their muscle earning a 10-0 victory. Flint hit his second HR of the tournament while Decaminada, Spencer Miller and Cooper Sullivan all picked up 2 hits apiece. Sullivan and Cole Delaughder combined to drive in four runs.
Elite will return to the diamond next week when they take part in the Kings Summer Classic in West Chester Ohio. Elite's record now stands at 22-9.
2017 7 Up Cup Champions
Columbus, Ohio (Berliner) - Ohio Elite went undefeated in Pool Play and survived with two 1 run victories on Sunday as they captured the 7 Up Cup Championship.
Elite opened pool play with the Hilliard Colts Red. Elite would score in every inning as they pounded out 12 hits on their way to a hard fought 11-8 victory. Tyler Flint was a perfect 3 for 3 at the plate to pace the offense.
Next up for the Boys in Blue would be the Westerville Naturals Orange. Again the Elite bats were up to the challenge scoring in every inning as they cruised to a 10-2 win. Parker McDaniels led the offensive attack by going 2-3 with 3 RBI's.
In Bracket Play, OEB would draw the Tri County Timberwolves. Both teams would score 2 runs in the first inning and 1 in the second & head to the 3rd inning tied at 3. Elite would score again in the bottom of the 3rd and the Elite pitchers would make the lead stand as the final score would be 4-3. Bryden Decaminada would pick up the win while McDaniels earned the save. Elite outhit their opponents 6-2.
In the Semi Finals, Elite would square off with the Columbus Storm. But Grant McGuire and Spencer Miller made sure no one would have to seek shelter from their opponents as they combined to throw a 6 inning no hitter & Elite would score the win 9-1. Miller also picked up two hits in the win.
Waiting in the Finals would be Team Tabu. Elite would jump out to a 2-0 lead when McGuire blasted a 2 run double in the top of the 4th. Tabu would draw even with 2 runs of their own in the bottom half of the 4th. Elite would score a single run in the top of the 5th and that would be enough as the good guys would capture the Silver Bracket Championship by a score of 3-2. Cooper Sullivan picked up the win in relief while McGuire & McDaniels tallied two hits apiece.
Elite's record now stands at 15-5 and they will return to action next week in the Wayne Williams Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio.
Hunter Richardson executes a sacrifice bunt vs the Olentangy Ambush 12 U
Lewis Center, OH - Ohio Elite stepped up an age group and sweep a DH from the Olentangy Ambush Orange winning by scores of 12-11 and 14-7.
In Game 1, things were looking not going the good guys way as they trailed 7-2 heading to the bottom of the 4th inning. But Elite erupted for 8 runs keyed by doubles from Spencer Miller, Grant McGuire and Cole Delaughder. The Ambush would answer with 3 runs in the 5th and 1 in the 6th to take an 11-10 lead heading to the final half inning. Bryan McAnally led off with a triple followed by a single by Parker McDaniels to tie the game. Following a single and a fielder's choice, Hunter Richardson sent a line drive into the right center field gap to plate the winning run as Elite would steal a victory 12-11. Cooper Sullivan picked up the win while McGuire paced the offense by going 2-3 with 4 RBI's.
In Game 2, the Elite offense continued to stay hot by pounding out 11 hits and scoring in every inning as they cruised to a 14-7 win. McGuire, Richardson and McAnally all had two hits a piece. McAnally also earned the win by pitching a scoreless inning in relief.
Next up for OEB will be the Invitation Only Tri State Championships at CTC Fields in Cincinnati.
Cooper Sullivan vs the Hilliard Colts Red
Columbus Ohio (Berliner) - Ohio Elite started the tournament with a 11-1 victory over the Hilliard Colts Red but could not find enough offensively firepower as they would drop their next two games and finish the tournament with a disappointing 1-2 record.
Following their victory vs the Colts, OEB would battle Champion City Kings in their second pool play game. Elite would score one in the first and two in the third & cling to a 3-2 lead heading to the top of the 6th. But the Kings would score two runs without a hit as they would capitalize on a walk and hit batter to start the inning. Elite was unable to score in final half inning and drop a hard fought battle 4-3.
Bracket Play would begin with a contest vs the Jackson County Black Sox. The Black Sox would outhit Elite 6-4 and were aiding by 4 costly Elite errors & go on to defeat the good guys 5-1.
Following a lackluster performance, Elite now holds a 6-2 record.
2017 King of Swing Champions
Columbus, Ohio (Berliner) - Ohio Elite used a 6th inning rally, outstanding defense and three masterful Sunday pitching performances en route to a 5-0 record to capture the King of Swing tournament.
Elite opened the tournament vs the Wyandot Boys in 33 degree weather. And after 5 innings, the only thing colder than the weather were the Elite bats. However, in the 6th when things appeared to be dark and cloudy with Elite trailing 5-1, OEB got a 2 run single by Raine Rodich to cut the lead to 5-3. After back to back outs, Bryden Decaminada would reach on an error scoring another run to cut the deficit to one. After a wild pitch tied the game, Cooper Sullivan would leg out a ball hit to the shortstop and allow the good guys to snatch a victory from the jaws of defeat. Bryan McAnally (1-0) would pick up the win on the mound.
In game 2, Elite would square off vs the Ohio Valley River Gators. The Elite offense would score early and often as they would cruise to a 4 inning, 10-0 victory. Newcomer Tyler Flint was dominant on the mound allowing 1 hit while striking out 6 in three innings of work. McAnally paced the offense by going 2-2 with 3 RBI's.
After earning the #1 seed, Elite would again face the River Gators to begin bracket play on Sunday. The Gators would strike first by scoring 2 runs in the top of the 2nd. However OEB would score 1 in the 2nd, 7 in the 3rd and 3 in the 4th & again score a 4th inning victory 11-3. McAnally, Hunter Richardson and Jacob Soha led the offensively attack by combining to go 6-6 with 5 RBI's. Decaminada (1-0) gave up 2 earned runs in a 51 pitch complete game victory.
In the Semi Finals, Elite would face a familiar foe, Ohio Elite Larison. Elite would outhit Larison 12-4 and ride the arm of Fort Wayne, Indiana's favorite son, Cooper Sullivan. Sullivan tossed 6 innings of 1 run ball while striking out 6 and walking none. Richardson, Soha, Flint and Decaminada all had two hits apiece for the good guys.
Waiting in the Finals for Elite would be the offensive juggernaut from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania...Steel City Select. Select (4-0) had cruised through their first four games do in large part to the 48 runs that they had scored. Elite would turn to Richardson to try to quiet the Steel City bats and the left handed youngster was ready for the challenge. Richardson used outstanding command and location as he held Steel City to one hit over 5 innings. Elite's offense mustered 5 timely hits and capitalized on one Steel City error as they defeated the boys from the Keystone State, 3-0.
Elite will take two weeks off before returning to action on April 22nd in the USSSA Championship Challenge at Berliner. After one tournament, Elite record stands at 5-0.
Westfield, IN - Congratulations to Parker McDaniels, Bryan McAnally, Braylen Baker and Levi Slack as they helped lead Team Ohio to a 6-1 record and repeat as the PBR (Prep Baseball Report) National Champions. The team was coached by Ohio Elite's 10 U head coach Jason Slack, Muckingum County Muckdogs coach Mike Rodich and Steel City Select's coach Chris Beatty.
In addition, Slack and McAnally teamed with Muckdog's 2B Raine Rodich & Steel City's 3B Evan Levkulich to capture the fastest "Around the Horn" time in the 10 U Skills Competition.
Around the Horn Skills Competition Champions. Pictured left to right - Slack, Levkulich, Rodich, McAnally
Congratulations to the following members of the Ohio Elite 10 U National Championship team on being selected to participate in the Game Day USA All Star Games.
2016 GameDay 10 U National Champions
Westfield, IN - Ohio Elite traveled to Grand Park with only 9 players, battled 100 degree temperatures for three straight days, went 5-0-1 & captured the GameDay 10 U National Championship. Elite pounded out an amazing 72 hits in 6 games. Elite defeated the Indiana Nitro Gold in the championship by a score of 11-1. Grant McGuire was dominant on the mound as he allowed 1 run on five hits while striking 5 and walking 0. Braylen Baker lead the offense in the final game of the season by going 2 for 3 with 3 RBI's.
Elite had their struggles in Pool Play winning by scores of 10-9, 9-5, 11-10 and they had an 11-11 tie. But when the smoke settled, OEB would make it to the Final Four & earn the #1 seed. Elite would square off with Diamonds Wirth Baseball from Grand Rapids, Michigan while the other semi final game would have the Indiana Nitro Gold taking on ELS Bats Black from Louisville, Kentucky.
In the semis, Diamonds would waste no time jumping on the Elite by scoring 4 runs in the top of the first. However, Elite would answer with four of their own in the bottom half of the inning. Over the the next three innings, Parker McDaniels would enter the game on the mound for the good guys and hold Diamonds to 1 run. On the other hand, Elite offense would put up 10 runs and finish off the "team from up north" by a score of 13-5 in 5 innings. McDaniels picked up the win and also collected three hits. Bryan McAnally would go 2 for 3 with 4 RBI's.
Next up in the Finals would be the hometown team, the Indiana Nitro Gold. Elite would strike first after Householder reached on an error and a fly out by Braylen Baker, McAnally (on his birthday) would launch a fastball over the 250 foot left center field fence to give OEB a 2-0 lead. Elite would tack on another run in the opening frame and lead 3-0 heading to the 2nd. McGuire held the Nitro scoreless in two innings while the Elite offense would put up 7 runs in the bottom of the 3rd pushing the advantage to 10-0 after three completed innings. Nitro would score once in the top of the 4th but Elite would get a sac fly by Cole DeLaughder (who also homered in Pool Play) in the bottom of the 4th to end the game with via run rule, 11-1 in 4 innings. With the win, Elite earned the crown of Game Day USA 10 U National Champions.
After concluding their second year of play vs an unrivaled tournament schedule, Elite's record stands at 72-20-1 with 8 tournament championships.
Congratulations to the players listed below as they have been selected to participate in the following All Star Games.
Prep Baseball Report Jr Futures Games
USSSA Adidas Select 30 Regional All Star Game
Cincinnati Flames Summer Classic Champions
Mount Orab, OH - Ohio Elite implemented a new & improved middle infield, got outstanding timely pitching and used an improbable comeback to help propel them to a 6-1 record en route to the Cincinnati Flames Summer Classic Championship.
Elite opened pool play with the local Cincinnati Fury. Elite's bats came ready to play as they pounded out 13 hits in 2 innings while scoring 5 runs in the 1st inning and 11 runs in the 2nd. Elite would not have to bat in the bottom of the 3rd inning as they would move to 1-0 with a 16-1 victory. Bryden Decaminada was masterful on the mound needing only 31 pitches (21 strikes) to earn the win. The game lasted only 44 minutes.
In their second game of pool play, Eilte bats were silenced by the Cincinnati Flames as they were shut out for the first time all season. The Flames outhit OEB 8-5 and won the battle on the scoreboard 8-0. Elite's pitchers issued 8 walks to add to the offensive woes.
Following the loss, Elite would square off vs the Midwest Marlins in their 3rd pool play game. The game was back and forth early on but Elite pulled away and claimed a 14-7 victory. Isaiah Brown picked up his first victory of the year. The right hander allowed 3 hits, 1 walk and 0 earned runs in 3 innings of work. Bryan McAnally was 3-4 with 2 doubles to pace the offense.
To finish off pool play, Elite would meet the Athletics Baseball Association. Elite scored early and often & cruised to a 15-0, 3 inning victory. Bryar Householder allowed only 1 hit over 3 innings while pushing his season pitching record to 5-1. Braylen Baker and Parker McDaniels combined to go 6-6 with 9 RBI's.
Elite would earn the #3 seed and take on the Cincinnati Baseball Club Black in bracket play. The game was dominated by both starting pitchers. However in the end, the Elite were able to escape with a 2-1 win. McDaniels pitched a complete game allowing only 4 hits and striking out 4.
In the Semi Finals, Elite would run again run into the USSSA 10 U State Champions, the Midland Seminoles. The game would be an instant classic. Elite offense again would strike early scoring 10 runs in the first 3 innings and lead 10-4 heading to the bottom of the 3rd inning. But Midland would show the heart of a champion and response with 9 runs in the 3rd and 1 run in the 4th & 5th respectively to take a 15-10 lead into the final frame. McDaniels would lead off the 6th and pop up to the SS for the 1st out of the inning. AND THEN IT HAPPENED!! Grant McGuire would line a single into center field. Next up, Decaminada would single to left field. Cole DeLaughder then doubled to left center to score a run and cut the lead to 15-11. Levi Slack stepped up next and hit a line drive down the right field line to score two, 15-13. Brown would ground out to the SS to advance Slack to second base but Elite was now down to their final out. Luke Schlosser would get hit by a pitch to put the tying run on base. With runners on first and second, Householder hit a towering fly ball over the center fielder's head that one hopped the 225 foot fence. Both runners would score on the play and the game was tied at 15. Baker was next up and he hammered the first pitch he saw to left field and Brown, who was courtesy running, scored the go ahead run. McAnally would fly out to end the inning but OEB still needed 3 outs. McDaniels would get two ground ball outs to start the inning and then strike out the final batter to complete the comeback and send Elite to the Championship Game. When the dust settled, the two teams combined for 29 hits and 31 runs. Many local fans in attendance were calling it the best baseball game they have witnessed involving a Cincinnati team since the Reds vs Red Sox, World Series, Game 6 in 1975 (the Carlton Fisk home run).
In the Finals, Elite would meet the Cincinnati West Stars who upset the #1 seed Cincinnati Flames. Elite would call on a familiar duo to help achieve victory, their offense and Householder on the mound. Householder gave up 4 hits over a shortened 5 inning game for his second win of the tournament. The offense would reach double digits in hits (12) and the good guys would defeat the West Stars 11-0. Baker again would lead the offense with another perfect 3-3 performance.
Following their third championship of the season, Elite's record now stands at 32-11. Elite will conclude their season at the Game Day National Championships Fueled by Gatorade at Grand Park in three weeks.
Pickerington - Ohio Elite finished 2-2 at the Nations 10 U State Tournament which was good enough for a 5th place finish.
Elite opened pool play with a win over the 10 U USSSA State Champions, the Midland Seminoles. After a loss in their second pool play game, Elite responded with a 18-7 victory of the Mid Ohio Bullets. But unfortunately OEB would drop their next contest and finish in 5th place.
Top offensive performers for the weekend were Bryan McAnally .846, Grant McGuire .600, Braylen Baker .538 and Levi Slack .500.
Next weekend, Elite will take part in the Warren County Slugfest.
Isaiah Brown singles vs the Mid Ohio Bullets
Caden Wengerd makes a throw vs the Wyandot Boys
Berliner - Ohio Elite started strong in the USSSA State Tournament but unfortunately their defense let them down in the Semi Finals thus resulting in a 3rd place finish.
Elite started their quest for the state championship with a familiar foe, the Cincinnati Baseball Club Black. Elite scored two in the first, two in the fourth and six in the fifth as they captured a time limit shortened affair, 10-5. Bryan McAnally earned the win in relief of Parker McDaniels. McAnally also carried the hot stick going a perfect 3 for 3 at the plate with 3 RBI's. McDaniels and Bryden Decaminada also tallied two hits a piece for the winners.
Game 2 saw the good guys take on a scrappy group of youngsters from the Dayton area, the Ohio Tabu. The game was back and forth however Elite trailed 5-4 heading to the bottom of the 6th. McDaniels led off the 6th with a single and the next batter Grant McGuire did the same. Following a strikeout, Decaminada singled to load the bases. Levi Slack then stepped to the plate and singled to the right side to tie the game. Two pitches later McGuire would score on a wild pitch giving Elite a hard earned 6-5 victory. Braylen Baker picked up the win while McDaniels added three hits including two triples.
In bracket play, Elite again would face the Cincinnati Baseball Club Black. The boys from Queen City struck early and often & raced out to an 8-1 lead after 2 innings. But Elite would get a 3 run homer from McDaniels & a solo by Bryar Householder and eventually take a 10-9 lead heading to the 5th. Elite would call on McGuire to toe the rubber in the 5th and he would need only 12 pitches to strike out all three hitters and secure a spot for the good guys in the Semi Finals.
The Semi Finals would be another rematch for Elite, the Ohio Tabu. The game was a pitching coach's nightmare as the two teams combined for 25 hits and 24 runs. Elite would lead 9-7 heading to the top of the 5th before their defense simply fell apart. When it was all said and done, Elite could not overcome seven errors and consequently Tabu got the win, 13-11.
Following the defensive debacle, Elite's record now sits at 22-6. They will look to correct their mistakes June 16th when they take part in the Nations State Tournament.
Grant McGuire strikes out the side in the 5th inning vs the Cincinnati Baseball Club Black
Elizabethtown, KY - Ohio Elite went 1-1 in pool play but mother nature ended any hopes of a championship with a steady downpour on Sunday.
Elite drew the local Central Kentucky Tribe in their opening game of pool play. Elite would strike first with home runs by Luke Schlosser and Braylen Baker in the opening frame. Elite would get another home run by Parker McDaniels in the 3rd inning and go on to win a slugfest 12-9. Baker picked up the win while McDaniels chipped in with 3 of the Elite's 15 hits. Bryan McAnally banged out 2 hits for the good guys.
Next up in pool play was the St Louis Prospects. Elite scored two in the 1st, 3rd and 5th innings and led 6-4 going to the bottom of the 6th. However, the Prospects rallied for 3 runs to steal a victory and leave OEB with the record of 1-1 in pool play.
Bracket play never began due to heavy rains and consequently the tournament was cancelled. After their showing in the Bluegrass state, Elite now has a record of 19-5.
Cole DeLaughder rips a single vs the Central Kentucky Tribe
Berliner - Ohio Elite started strong in the 7 Up Capital Cup but unfortunately a lack of defense and an inability to throw strikes ended their tournament with a 5th place finish.
Elite opened pool play vs the Hilliard Panthers. The game was back and forth early on until OEB exploded for 6 runs in the bottom of the 4th innning. Hilliard would answer with a run in the top of the 5th to cut the lead to 10-5 but they would get no closer. Isaiah Brown paced the offense with two hits while Bryden Decaminada was the winning pitcher. Decaminada pitched 5 innings, gave up 4 hits while striking out 4.
Next up would be Team Legacy from Grove City. Elite would score 5 in the 1st, 7 in the 2nd and 7 in the 3rd & coast to a 19-2 victory. Braylen Baker and Bryan McAnally brought the Elite fans to their feet in the first inning with back to back HR's. Caden Wengerd earned the 3 inning victory on the mound allowing 2 hits and giving up only 1 earned run.
Elite would face Ohio Elite Larison in bracket play. Despite outhitting their Elite counterparts 9-4, it was not enough as Larison took advantage of 8 walks and two errors to win 5-4. Levi Slack & Decaminada chipped in with a hit a piece for OEB.
Elite will look to regroup when they travel to Elizabethtown, Kentucky June 3rd-5th. Elite now holds a record of 18-4.
Parker McDaniels vs Team Legacy
2016 Coaches vs MM Champions
Grove City Ohio - Ohio Elite outscored their opponents 68-21 and won the Coaches vs MM crown with a perfect 5-0 record.
Elite would open pool play vs the Athletics Baseball Association from Licking County. Elite would score five in the bottom of the first inning capped by a bases loaded double by Parker McDaniels and coast to a 11-1 victory. Caden Wengerd went the distance & picked up the win on the mound allowing 1 run, 1 hit and striking out 3.
In game two, Elite would face Gahanna Gold. Elite would score 10 times in each of the first two innings and go on to win 20-5. The offense was again led by McDaniels who was a perfect 3 for 3 at the plate. Bryan McAnally contributed a two run HR for OEB. Braylen Baker earned the victory and also provided 2 hits at the plate.
In Bracket Play, Elite would square off vs Vikings Elite. The game was back and forth but eventually Elite's offense was able to muster 12 hits and defeat the boys from Ashville 11-6. Baker, McDaniels, Wengerd and Grant McGuire all had two hits a piece for the victors.
Elite would face a familar foe, Athletics Baseball Association, in the Semi Finals. McAnally and Householder would combine for 6 of the team's 12 hits & McDaniels would only allow 2 earned runs over 4 innings as Elite would march on to the Finals with a 12-4 win in 5 innings. Isaiah Brown and Wengerd each had two hits for the winners.
The Finals would pit Elite vs the top seed after pool play, The Mid Ohio Bullets. Elite would score 14 times in the first four innings, capped by two HR's by Braylen Baker, and capture the tournament crown with a 14-5 victory. Cole DeLaughder was 2 for 3 vs his old mates while McGuire grinded on the mound to earn his 4th win.
The top offensive performers for the weekend were Bryan McAnally .750, Parker McDaniels .750, Braylen Baker .700, Cole DeLaughder .555 and Caden Wengerd .538.
Elite will return to action May 21st at Berliner Park when they compete in the 7 Up Capital Cup. Elite's now holds a record of 16-3.
2016 Championship Challenge Runner Ups
Berliner - The Ohio Elite 10 U went 3-2 and brought home the second place hardware in the Championship Challenge at Berliner. Elite showed solid pitching, timely hitting but ultimately awful baserunning came back to haunt the good guys in the finals.
Elite opened Pool Play vs the eventual tournament champions, Steel City Select out of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Steel City would score in every inning & outhit the OEB 15 to 8 and cruise to a 13-5 victory. Grant McGuire would suffer his first loss of the season on the mound.
In Game 2, the Elite offense would awaken as they would pound out 16 hits and defeat the North Columbus Raiders 16-1 in 3 innings. Caden Wengerd was masterfully on the mound giving up 2 hits and allowing no earned runs. Bryan McAnally would led the offense by going 3 for 3 and driving in 3 runs.
Elite would earn the #5 seed after Pool Play and face the #4 seed in the Bracket Play, the Tri County Timberwolves. The game was close early on as Elite would lead 5-2 after two innings. However, Elite would outscore their foe 18 - 6 over the final three frames. Bryden Decaminada picked up the win while Braylen Baker was perfect 4 for 4 at the plate. Levi Slack, Parker McDaniels & Cole DeLaughder all provided extra base hits for the victors.
In the Semi Finals, Elite would face a scrappy Gahanna Lions Elite team. Grant McGuire was dominant as he allowed only two hits while striking out 9 in a complete game win. Elite banged out 8 hits and would capitalize on 5 Gahanna errors as they would sneak by the Lions 6-4. McGuire and McAnally would combine to bang out 4 hits. Isaiah Brown also contributed with a 2 for 3 performance while stealing 2 bases and picking up 1 RBI.
The Finals would be a rematch of the opening game of the tournament, Steel City vs the Elite. Elite would score two runs in the top of the first but Steel City would answer with six of their own in the home half of the inning. Elite would score four runs over the next three frames to tie the game at six heading to the fifth inning. Elite would push one run across the plate in the top half of the inning only to have the boys from Pittsburgh to answer with two capped by a two run homer. In the top of the 6th, Elite would muster two hits but one runner was picked off and the game came to an end with a caught stealing. Elite would win the battle by outhitting their opponent 11-9 but they would lose the war, the final score, 8-7.
Elite will take two weeks off before returning to the diamond May 11th in a midweek match up vs the Olentangy Stix Elite. Elite's record now stands at 11-3.
2016 Gem City Classic Tournament Champions
Dayton, OH - The Ohio Elite 10 U shook off a slow start and captured their first tournament championship of the year going 5-0 winning the 4th Annual Gem City Classic.
Elite opened play vs a well coached Centerville Elks team. The game would remain scoreless until the 4th inning when OEB would push across two runs. Elite would strike again in the 6th scoring two more runs thus taking a 4-1 lead to the bottom of the 6th. Centerville would not go quietly scoring one in the bottom of the 6th but Grant McGuire would strike out the final batter of the game giving the Elite a 4-2 win. Bryar Householder would pick up the win on the mound giving up 1 hit while striking out 6 in 4 innings of work. McGuire would pitch the final two frames and earn the save.
In game 2, Elite would take on the Brick City Blast who won their opening game of the tournament 26-1. Elite would score early and often & cruise to a 12-3, 5 inning victory. McGuire picked up the win on the mound while Luke Schlosser and Braylen Baker paced the offense combining to go 6 for 6. Householder and Bryden Decaminada each drove in two for the victors.
After earning the #2 seed from the Pool Play, Elite would next take on Custom X. The Elite bats would pound out 10 hits and Parker McDaniels would allow one earned run over five innings as OEB would prevail 10-2. Householder, Baker and Bryan McAnally would combine for 6 hits to lead the offense.
In the Semi Finals, Elite would square off against the Tipp City Blaze. Elite would ride the arm of Decaminada as the young right hander would toss a 56 pitch complete game, striking out 6 while walking 2. The offense got extra base hits from Levi Slack, Decaminada, Baker, Schlosser and McAnally while earning their way to the championship game with a 11-1 win.
The Finals would pit Elite vs the Cincinnati Baseball Club who featured a young right hander with a 60 mph plus fastball. The Elite offense would strike out 6 times over the first 3 innings and lead 1-0 heading to the 4th inning. However, over the last 3 innings the offense would make some subtle adjustments and score 12 runs to blow the game wide open. Meanwhile, Grant McGuire was masterful on the hill allowing only 1 hit, striking out 7 and walking only 1. Cole DeLaughder and McDaniels lead the offense with two hits a piece.
The top offensive performers for the weekend were Baker .615, Schlosser .583, McGuire .454 and Householder .416.
Elite looks to continue their early season magic when they return to action April 23-24 at Berliner Park as they participate in the Championship Challenge. Elite's record now improves to 8-1.
Bryan McAnally covers first vs the Hilliard Colts White during the King of Swing tournament
Columbus - The Ohio Elite 10 U, much like the spring, started their season "like a lion and went out like a lamb" finishing the King of Swing tournament at Berliner in 3rd place.
Elite opened the tournament vs the Licking County Outlaws. The offense pounded out 13 hits and scored 11 runs in a 4 inning, 11-0 shutout win. The game was a coming out party for the Danville, Ohio native, Bryar Householder. Householder was exceptional on the mound picking up the win while striking out 9 and walking only 2. Householder also excelled at the plate going 3-3 with 2 doubles and collecting 3 RBI's. Bryan McAnally pitched a hitless 4th inning thus completing the opening game no hitter.
Game 2 saw Elite take on the Hilliard Colts White. Again the offense was on full display as Elite defeated Hilliard 15-1 in 4 innings. Newcomer Isaiah Brown picked up the win on the mound while also collecting 2 hits & stealing 2 bases. Caden Wengerd and Householder combined for 6 hits & 4 RBI's while McAnally & Centerburg's very own Cole DeLaughder each drove in three.
After ending Pool Play with a perfect 2-0 record, OEB would earn the #1 seed in Bracket Play and take on the Athletics Baseball Association. The offense yet again flexed it muscle and Parker McDaniels would give up 1 run over 3 innings as the Elite would win going away 16-2 in 4 innings. Brown led the offense going 3 for 3 with 4 RBI's. Householder, Levi Slack and Grant McGuire would all tally two hits a piece for the victors.
In the Semi Finals, Elite would square off vs the Cincinnati Riverbats and this one was over before it started. The Bats scored 10 runs in the first inning helped by 4 Elite errors and the youngsters from Cincinnati eliminated the Elite 12-3. The Riverbats outhit OEB 9-6 and they did not commit an error. McAnally took the loss on the mound allowing 5 hits, walking 4 and striking out 2.
Elite will look to correct their mistakes when they travel to Dayton in two weeks to do battle in the 4th Annual Gem City Classic.
|04/02/16||USSSA King of Swing||Columbus, OH - Berliner||3-1 3rd Place|
|04/16/16||4th Annual Gem City Classic||Dayton, OH - Action Sports Center||5-0 1st Place|
|04/23/16||USSSA Championship Challenge||Columbus, OH - Berliner||3-2 2nd Place|
|05/14/16||Coaches vs MM||Grove City, OH - Fryar Park||5-0 1st Place|
|05/21/16||USSSA 7 Up Challenge||Columbus, OH - Berliner||2-1 5th Place|
|06/04/16||Baseball Players Association - Mid Summer Mayhem||Elizabethtown, KY - Elizabethtown Sports Park||1-1 Rained Out|
|06/10/16||USSSA State Championship||Columbus, OH - Berliner||3-1 3rd Place|
|06/16/16||Nations State Championships||Pickerington, OH||2-2 5th Place|
|06/23/16||Warren County Summer Slam||Mason, OH - Mason Sports Park||2-2 9th Place|
|06/30//16||USSSA Cincinnati Flames Summer Classic||Cincinnati, OH - Flash Fields||6-1 1st Place|
|07/20/16||GameDay National Championships Fueled By Gatorade||Grand Park - Westfield, Indiana||5-0-1 NATIONAL CHAMPS|
|Record - 37-11-1|
Congratulation to Parker McDaniels, Luke Schlosser, Bryar Householder and Bryan McAnally for being selected for Team Ohio 9 U. The team traveled to Grand Park and went 6-0 capturing the PBR Jr. Future Games National Title. In addition to those four youngsters, Grant McGuire and Isaiah Brown (both will be part of the Ohio Elite 10 U team next season), also made the team. The team was coached by Elite's 9 U Head Coach Jason Slack, Elite's assistant Bryan Bessignano and Cincinnati Flames Head Coach Jason Campbell.
Ohio Elite's 9 U Selections for Team Ohio
Braylen Baker pitching vs the Woodford Bat Jackets in the opening game of the Baseball Youth National Championships.
Milford - The Ohio Elite 9 U went 3-1 and yet again had another tournament rain shortened.
OEB opened Pool Play with an impressive 15-4 destruction of the Cincinnati West Stars in 4 innings. Elite pounded out 15 hits and Charlie Whitacre tossed a 3 hitter as the good guys cruised to victory. Bryden Decaminada, Braylen Baker, Parker McDaniels and Bryar Householder all had 2 hits for the winners. Caden Wengerd also chipped in by driving in 4 runs.
Game 2 would pit OEB vs the Springfield Heat. Elite led 6-4 after 3 innings but the scrappy group from Springfield would battle back and take a 9-7 lead to the bottom of the 5th. Elite would score two in the bottom of the 5th, hold the Heat scoreless in the top of the 6th and push across one run in the last of the 6th to win a hard fought game, 10-9. Konner Daughriety picked up the win on the mound. Luke Schlosser led the offense with 2 hits.
In Game 3, Elite would face a team who had defeated them twice earlier in the season, the Cincinnati Flames. Elite would turn to Carson Samuels and the young lefty turned in his best pitching performance of the year. Samuels would scatter five hits, walk three, strike out two in leading OEB to a 2-1 victory. Elite outhit the Flames 8-5. Householder again had the hot stick going 2 - 2.
Game 4 saw the Elite take on the West Englewood Tigers from Chicago. Elite would outhit the boys from Chitown 18-6 however the Elite pitchers were not on their game allowing a season high 10 walks. Consequently, the Tiger would score 3 in the bottom of the sixth & steal a win from OEB 14-13. Bryan McAnally had three hits in a losing cause and Baker was a perfect 4-4 at the plate.
Next up would be the Indiana Bulls in bracket play. But just like the previous 2 weeks, rain would rear its ugly head and put an end to the game and Elite's tournament in the 4th inning.
Elite will travel to Indianapolis in their final tournament of the season and take part in the Baseball Youth National Championships next week. Elite's record now stands at 32-7.
Berliner - The Ohio Elite 9 U had their hopes for a state tournament washed away by rain in both the USSSA and Nations State Tournament.
In the USSSA State Tournament, the OEB dropped their first two contests of Pool Play to the Midland Seminoles (7-3) and the Cincinnati Flames (12-5). The single elimination tournament draw would pit OEB vs the Maumee Bay Nuts. However, relentless rains made sure a 3rd game would not be "on deck".
In the Nations State Tournament, Ohio Elite rode the arm of Carson Samuels to a 4-3 opening round win over Highland Select. Bryar Householder led the offense with two of the team's four hits. But again, rain reigned supreme and forced the cancellation to the remainder of the tournament.
Powell - The Ohio Elite 9 U pounded out 22 hits and scored 24 runs in sweeping a double header from the previously once beaten Wyandot Boys.
In game 1, the Wyandot Boys drew first blood by scoring one run in the top of the 2nd inning. That lead would stand until the bottom of the 3rd when OEB exploded for 9 runs keyed by Bryan McAnally's 3 run double. Elite would add a single run in the bottom of the 4th and lead 10-1 heading to the top of the 5th. But the Wyandot Boys would answer with 6 runs in the 5th as they would capitalize on 3 OEB errors. After OEB scored a single tally in the 5th, the youngsters from Wyandot County would not go away quietly in the final inning of play. They would score two runs and load the bases before Bryden Decaminada would induce a ground ball out to end the game and secure the 11-9 win for the good guys. Konner Daughriety picked up the win on the mound and Braylen Baker led the offensive attack with two hits.
Game 2 would be dominated by the pitching performance of Parker McDaniels. The hard throwing right hander limited the Wyandot Boys to 4 hits while striking out 5 & walking 3. The Elite offense flexed its muscle by scoring in every inning and cruising to a 13-4 victory. Decaminada, McDaniels, Baker, Bryar Householder and Mason Dubro all had two hits for the winners. Baker also had 3 RBI's.
With the wins, Elite improved their record to 29-6. OEB will return to the diamond July 8th when they take on the North Newark 9 U All Stars.
Bryar Householder was 2-5 and drove in 2 runs vs the Wyandot Boys
Mason Dubro was 3-4 with 2 SB's in two wins vs the Wyandot Boys
Upper Arlington - The Ohio Elite 9 U outscored their opponents 59-11 en route to capturing the Upper Arlington NIT top prize. Elite compiled a 5-0 record while competing against the 14 team field.
OEB opened pool play vs the North Columbus Raiders. Elite's offense struck first with 3 runs in the top of the 1st keyed by Luke Schlosser's RBI triple. The Raiders would answer with 1 run in the bottom of the second only to have the Elite comeback with 3 runs in both the 3rd & 4th innings. The Raiders managed to cut the lead to 9-2 with a single tally in the bottom of the 4th. However, OEB would deal the final blow with one run in the top of the 5th and holding North Columbus scoreless in the home half of the inning to take the win 10-2 via run rule in 5 innnings. Billy Bourk picked up the win and Bryden Decaminada continued his hot hitting by picking up two hits.
Game 2 saw the good guys take on the Reynoldsburg Aces. The Elite's offense struck early and often by scoring 20 runs on 19 hits & coasting to a 4 inning 20-0 victory. The Aces looked "royal flushed" by Parker McDaniels as the young right hander struck out 8 and allowed only 1 hit in a 48 pitch, complete game win. Braylen Baker led the offensive attack with 3 hits and 4 RBI's while Decaminada picked up 3 more hits.
OEB would get the #2 seed following pool play and have to do battle with the Worthington Nationals. Elite would strike for 3 runs in the first two innings but the bats would be silenced by the Nationals pitching for the remainder of the game. Fortunately, Caden Wengerd was holding the boys from Worthington's offense at bay by tossing 4 innings of shut out ball. The Nationals would rally for two runs in the top of the 6th and have the tying run on third before Decaminada would take over the pitching duties & slam the door by striking out the last batter of the game.
In the semi finals, Elite would face a hot hitting Jackson County Black Sox team who had scored 76 runs in their first 4 games of the tournament. However, the Ohio Elite hurlers were up for the challenge. Elite would hold the Sox to five hits and lead 5-4 heading to the top of the last inning. But in the 6th, Jackson County would start the inning with back to back hits and have the go ahead run on second with no outs. But a strikeout by Bryar Householder, a great running outfield catch by Carson Samuels and a nice play on a hard hit ball to second by Levi Slack ended the threat. In the home half of the inning following two quick outs, Konner Daughriety would walk, steal second, advance to 3rd on a balk and score on a wild pitch thus sending the "boys in blue" to the Finals.
The Finals would pit the top two seeds following pool play against each other, Ohio Elite vs the Dublin Bats. OEB handed the ball to McDaniels who was lights out once again tossing 4 innings of scoreless ball while striking out 6. The Elite offense was on full display as they banged out 24 hits and cruised to a 5 inning, 20-0 victory. Householder and Daughriety combined to go 8-8 and drive in 5 runs. Joey Bessignano turned in his best offensive game of the season by collecting 3 hits and picking up 4 RBI's. Bryan McAnally also chipped in with 3 hits.
Following their 4th tournament victory of the year, OEB's record now stands at 26-4. The youngsters will look to continue their winning ways when they take the field June 12-14th in the USSSA State Tournament at Berliner Park in Columbus.